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Dr. Theresa Tam: Random checks will be done to ensure Canadians returning to Canada are following the mandatory 14 day quarantine

BY , Mar 26, 2020 9:25 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam arrives for a press conference on COVID-19 at West Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Canada's chief public health officer says random checks will be done to ensure Canadians returning to Canada from abroad are following the new mandatory 14 day quarantine.

Dr. Theresa Tam says contact information about travellers will be collected when they arrive at the border to allow for follow up, which could include visits to their homes.

She says federal health officials will be working closely with local public health agencies to enforce the mandatory quarantine, which could lead to fines or prison time if breached.

Tam also said recent data on COVID-19 cases in Canada show one per cent of cases have been fatal, which means Canada's health system is not yet overwhelmed.

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